Endangered Species: Bengal tiger

Christians burg Elementary
Submitted by: Strawberry, Grade Fifth
Christiansburg, Virginia, United States

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Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

    I want to find out what food the Bengal tiger eats.  I also want to know about the tiger's habitat, who the tiger's enemies and friends are, and why the Bengal tiger is endangered.  I also want to know how many babies the tiger has,and how old do they have to be before they live on their own.  I wonder if the Bengal tiger has a special way to hunt, how much  it weighs,and how tall it is.  I also want to know how many tigers are left in the world, and how many there were before they became endangered.  I want to know how long its life span is, and if tigers can smell, and see and hear well.  I'm interested in knowing if it's territorial,and how it shows that it's territorial.  I would also be interested in finding out if it fights for something (like a mate),and how long have tigers been around.  These are all the things I want to know about the beautiful Bengal tiger.   I'm also intrested in the Bengal tiger because I love their magnificent colors.  I also feel bad for it since it is endangered.  The Bengal tiger is an animal I know little about; that is why I'm studying it.

What  Was Already Known

    Before I started searching the Internet, I already knew tigers were orange with black stripes.  I also knew that tigers were meat eaters from Asia and Africa.  Another thing  I knew was that Bengal tigers weigh a lot, but I didn't know how much.  I also knew Bengal tigers were mammals.  I'm not sure what kind of meat they eat.   I also knew they live in the jungle, and they mark their territory.  These are the things I knew about the Bengal tiger before my research.

Search for Information


     When I started searching about the Bengal tiger, I went to Yahooaligans on the Internet.  Yahooaligans helped me find the following web sites : www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azbentig.html, www.tiger.to/tiger_info/info_bengal.htm, and www.5tigers.org/threats2.htm.  Some problems that I encountered were finding the specific tiger (Siberan......) and finding the exact information I needed.  I also read "no web sites found" a few times on the internet.  These are the places and problems I encountered.

Description of Plant or Animal

      The Bengal tiger is one of my favorite animals.  One reason the tiger is one of my favorite animals is because of its beautiful colors.  The Bengal tiger is a reddish fawn, with white on the stomach, and black stripes.  The Bengal tiger weighs 350-550 pounds, and with a body lenth of five feet ten inches to nine feet one inch.  The tail is normally 36 inches long.  The eyes of the tiger are large and can see well; the tiger also has strong, powerful teeth and can hear well.  This is my desription of the wonderful Bengal tiger.

Habitat Requirements

     The Bengal tiger is a meat eater that eats cattle, young buffalo, young elephants, deer, wild pigs, and antelope (anything over 100 pounds).  The Bengal tiger's shelter is dense thickets, long grass, and tamarisk shrubs along the river banks.  Another place tigers like to stay is in old ruins for cover.  The male patrols his space (territory) regularly.  He shows his territory limits by scraping a tree or scent marking.  The Bengal tiger also likes to swim in cool water on a hot day(swim very well).


      Some of the Bengal tiger's characteristics are good eyesight and hearaing; the Bengal tigers have  developed ear flaps, so they can hear well.  They also have well-padded paws.  Some of the enemies of the Bengal tiger are porcupines.  Its quills can get in their mouth. This makes it hard  for them to hunt, and its #1 enemy is human.

Reasons for Endangerment

      The reason the Bengal tiger is endangered is because people are poaching it.  Another reason is habitat loss, which means large forest are being cut down for timber or conversion.  One more problem is population fragmentation which means humans move into more forests every day, and the tiger families get separated.  In the beginning there was 100,000 Bengal tigers. Now there is only 8,000 left in the wild.

Restoration Actions

       Some people have organized groups to help save the wonderful Bengal tiger.  I think these are great things to do.  They protect the future generation, and try to stop pouching, and land habitat loss.  I hope the Bengal tiger will have many more generations to come!

What Was Learned

      I have learned that the Bengal tiger has many characteristics such as it hears well, and one of the Bengal tiger's enemies is the porcupine.  I have also learned not only pouching and habitat loss are endangerments but people are also separating Bengal tigers from their family groups.  Some of the actions taken are organizing groups for the Bengal tiger, and the laws saying that pouching is illegal.  This is what I learned.

Conclusions From Research

      Since I have searched I am very aware that people should take care of the Bengal tigers.  Searching the internet has made my skills better on computer because I now know how to find the exact animal type.  I have learned that the people in the world nead to realize what they are doing wrong by killing the Bengal tiger.  I have never had a chance to do a big report (web page) before and now that I have done one, I think they are a good opporunity.  The next time I do a report it will be very easy.




   One of the books I used to do my reasearch was Our Wildlife World Tigers, which was written by Bill Ivy.  The pages that I used were p. 24, p. 31, and p. 46.  This was the book I used.



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